REGINA, Sask. - Logan McVeigh had a hat trick as the Saskatchewan Huskies defeated the University of Regina men's hockey team 5-2 at The Co-operators Centre on Saturday night.
Jordan Fransoo and Carson Stadnyk also scored for the No. 2-ranked Huskies. Jesse Forsberg, Levi Cable and Connor Gay each had two assists in the win. Colton Sparrow and Tyler King replied with goals for the Cougars (3-19-2)
The Huskies struck first, scoring at the 11:07 mark of the first period with a powerplay goal. Forsberg jumped up from the point and circled behind Mitch Kilgore before sending it in front for Michael Sofillas. Kilgore got a pad on the shot from Sofillas but McVeigh was in the right spot to pot the rebound and put Saskatchewan on top.
The Cougars answered with a powerplay goal of their own in the second period, just after a previous powerplay had produced no shots on goal. The Regina special teams were much more active the second time around, and Sparrow ended up banging in a rebound after a King one-timer was stopped by Jordon Cooke. Brody Luhning also picked up an assist on Sparrow's fourth of the season.
McVeigh put the Huskies back up on top about three minutes later with a wrist shot from the slot that beat a screened Kilgore. It was McVeigh scoring again for the Huskies in the third period, completing the hat trick on a gift of a goal after a point shot slipped under the arm of Kilgore and sat all alone in the crease behind the Cougar netminder. Gay and Kendall McFaull picked up assists on the goal that put the Huskies up 3-1.
King had a chance to get the Cougars within a goal in the third, as the Cougars were on the penalty kill. Cody Fowlie stripped the puck from a Huskie blueliner and poked it ahead for the defenceman who ripped a shot that beat Cooke but hit the crossbar and deflected out of play.
King got a second chance on the powerplay a few minutes later and made no mistake, scoring his third of the season with a slapshot that beat Cooke blocker side. King's marker was assisted by Luhning and Sparrow, as all three skaters picked up their second point of the night on the play.
Regina's chances to find the late equalizer were squashed when Austin Bourhis and Tyler Bell were sent off for minor penalties just 20 seconds apart. The Huskies went to the five-on-three and scored on a point shot from Fransoo. Minutes later after a Kirk Bear high-sticking penalty, Stadnyk deflected a point shot from Forsberg to seal the win for Saskatchewan.
Cooke stopped 14 shots as he collected his Canada West-leading 17th win in net. Kilgore was busy, stopping 41 shots for the Cougars.
The Cougars are on the road next weekend to take on UBC, while the Huskies return home to host Manitoba.